"The Iraqi Road and Generalissimo George." Persuade your audience that the Bush administration was justified or unjustified in declaring war on Iraq.

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The Iraqi Road and Generalissimo George

"The threat from Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction - chemical, biological, potentially nuclear weapons capability - that threat is real," explained British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The repeated violation of the United Nation (UN) Security Counsel's Resolutions (UNSCR's) prompted President George Bush of the United States to act without the authorization of the UN to disarm Hussein through war. According to UN Chief Weapons Inspector Hans Blix, as of January 27, 2003, Hussein still had not genuinely disarmed, prompting Bush on March 17, 2003, to issue an ultimatum to Hussein demanding Iraq's disarmament or to prepare to face "serious consequences." One day later Saddam Hussein rejects the ultimatum, prompting war. According to Bush, "We come to Iraq with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in Iraq, except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to its own people."

Conceivably the prevailing resuscitator of the Iraqi region, President George W. Bush continues to fight the uphill battle of humanitarian rights and individual sovereignty to free current and potential subjugated citizens under the Iraqi totalitarian regime of Saddam Hussein.

With the resignation of Ahmad Hasan al Bakar (Saddam's predecessor) on July 16, 1979, Hussein immediately became President of Iraq, and promptly began purging Iraq of political, social, and cultural rivals (or anyone he didn't like). For example, Hussein ordered frequent summary executions encompassing at least 10,000 "prisoners" (dissidents) between the years of 1984 and 1998 in a "prison cleansing campaign," as well as 122 political prisoners in March 2000, 23 political prisoners in October 2001, along with the beheading of at least 130 Iraqi women in June 2000. Saddam also killed 40 of his relatives in 2001.